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Posted 14 January 2017 - 07:59 PM

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 08:24 PM

GIRLS AND WOMEN Girl power goes global with #WhatIReallyReallyWant

 

July 5 2016  | By: SAMANTHA URBAN
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It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the Spice Girls dominated the music world!

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Today, Project Everyone—in partnership with Getty Images and SAWA—have released a remake of the iconic “Wannabe” music video, this time with artists from around the globe telling world leaders what girls and women really want in order to achieve the Global Goals:

The video features Gigi Lamayne and Moneoa from South Africa, Seyi Shay from Nigeria, Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez from Sri Lanka, M.O from the UK, Taylor Hatala from Canada and Larsen Thompson from the U.S.

The Global Goals are a solid plan to end poverty and address inequalities over the next 15 years, but they can only succeed if they address the needs of girls and women. Issues like quality education, an end to violence, an end to child marriage, and equal pay for equal work need to be top of every governments’ agenda in order to give the Goals a great start.

You can celebrate 20 years of girl power by sharing the film on social media, or posting your own photo telling world leaders what you want for women and girls! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant!

 

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 08:49 PM

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CITIZENSHIP 11 Times President Obama Spoke to Global Citizens in His Farewell Address

By Joe McCarthy|

 Jan. 11, 2017
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Barack Obama delivered his final speech as US president on Tuesday night. He returned to Chicago where he got his start as an organizer to reflect upon his roots and think about the future. True to his style, Obama assured the audience that he was more optimistic today than he was when he entered office, despite all the potential reasons for apprehension. 

“Yes, we can,” he said at the end of the evening, echoing his first presidential campaign eight years ago. “Yes, we did. Yes, we can.” 

Read More: President Obama Just Delivered a Stunning Tribute to Michelle, Malia, and Sasha

As always, he wore the mantle of a unifier, frequently reminding people to imagine what it would be like to inhabit someone else’s life. 

“If our democracy is to work the way it should in this increasingly diverse nation,” he said, “then each one of us needs to try to heed the advice of a great character in American fiction, Atticus Finch, who said, 'You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.'”

Throughout the speech, whether Obama was identifying threats to American democracy — inequality, racial division, political confirmation bias, and zero sum politics — or tallying up his presidential achievements, issues core to the idea of global citizenship were threaded throughout. 

Here are 11 Global Citizen values from the speech:

Help Refugees

 

“I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and through their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees or work for peace and, above all, to look out for each other.”

Read More: This 6-Year-Old Boy Asked Obama to 'Please Bring Omran to Our Home’

Respect Immigrants

 

“If we’re unwilling to invest in the children of immigrants, just because they don’t look like us, we will diminish the prospects of our own children — because those brown kids will represent a larger and larger share of America’s workforce.”

Read More: Obama Has Nearly Cut Yearly Deportations of Illegal Immigrants in Half Since 2009

Protect Human Rights Around the World

 

“We cannot withdraw from big global fights to expand democracy and human rights and women’s rights and LGBT rights.”

Read More: 7 of the Most Important Protests of 2016

Do Something About Climate Change

 

“Without bolder action, our children won’t have time to debate the existence of climate change. They’ll be busy dealing with its effects. More environmental disasters, more economic disruptions, waves of climate refugees seeking sanctuary.”

Read More: 'Before the Flood': 9 Things We Learned From Leonardo DiCaprio's Climate Change Film

Fight Inequality

 

"If every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hardworking white middle class and an undeserving minority, then workers of all shades are going to be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves."

Read More: 12 Female Activists You Didn’t Know Are Changing the World

Create Economic Opportunity

 

“Our democracy won’t work without a sense that everyone has economic opportunity. And the good news is that today the economy is growing again. Wages, incomes, home values and retirement accounts are all rising again. Poverty is falling again.”

Read More: Obama's Farewell Letter to America: 'We Have Laid a New Foundation'

Be an Active Citizen

 

”If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try talking with one of them in real life. If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Persevere.”

Read More: We're All Global Citizens, Not Just the Elite

 Oppose Nationalist Aggression

 

“For the fight against extremism and intolerance and sectarianism and chauvinism are of a piece with the fight against authoritarianism and nationalist aggression. If the scope of freedom and respect for the rule of law shrinks around the world, the likelihood of war within and between nations increases, and our own freedoms will eventually be threatened.”

“So let’s be vigilant, but not afraid.”

Read More: 7 Words That Made 2016 So Very 2016

Protect the Right to Vote

 

“When voting rates in America are some of the lowest among advanced democracies, we should be making it easier, not harder, to vote.”

Read More: What Democracy and Voting Rights Look Like Around the World

Be Tolerant and Compassionate

 

Praising his daughters as examples: “You are smart and you are beautiful. But more importantly, you are kind and you are thoughtful and you are full of passion.”

Read More: President Obama Just Delivered a Stunning Tribute to Michelle, Malia, and Sasha

Embrace Change

 

“Let me tell you, this generation coming up — unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic — I’ve seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, and just, and inclusive America; you know that constant change has been America’s hallmark, that it’s not something to fear but something to embrace, you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward.”

Read More: Michelle Obama’s Final Speech: 'I Hope I've Made You Proud'

 
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Written by Joe McCarthy

 

Joe McCarthy is a Content Creator at Global Citizen. He believes apathy is the biggest threat to creating a more just world and tries his hardest to stay open-minded and curious. Living in New York keeps him aware of how interconnected our world is, how every action has ripples.



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Posted 14 January 2017 - 08:54 PM

People who make these foods are literally losing their lives.

 

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 09:11 PM

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AGRICULTURE Surviving on Sand

 

9 January 2017 1:01PM UTC  | By: GUEST BLOGGER
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In partnership with One Acre Fund, ONE will follow a small community called Luucho in Western Kenya through the agricultural season.

A sense of anxiety looms large in Luucho village. A months-long drought wiped out more than half of the village’s crops, leaving many homes in desperate need of food.

DSC0337-1024x680.jpgLike most villages in western Kenya, Luucho plants two times a year. Farmers who lost their crops during the first season, when rains failed to arrive between May and June, banked their hopes on the second harvest. But another wave of drought has struck again since last October, dashing all their expectations. Now, withering plants covered in brown dust dance lazily in the light wind, thirsting for the return of rain. There is not much hope to save them – farmers normally harvest their second-season crops in December, and the damage has already been done.

“This has been the strangest year of my life,” says Mary Nekesa, a 55-year-old mother of five. “I depend on farming, but now how am I going to feed my family?”DSC0411-1024x743.jpgAt the start of the season, Mary had huge expectations. She planted a half-acre plot of maize, and like in the past, she hoped to harvest at least 12 bags of grain. Thinking she’d have plenty of food for her family, she had even planned to sell a few extra bags of maize to buy a dairy cow, which she had been longing after for years. But because of the drought, she only harvested two bags—hardly enough to feed her children for two months, let alone buy a cow.

On this morning, Mary is standing in the shallows of Khalaba River, half a mile away from her home. The Khalaba flows between two deeply eroded banks covered in thick vegetation. It’s a tributary to the River Nzoia, which pours its waters into Lake Victoria. The river is Mary’s last lifeline. She swings a small bucket in and out of the water, spewing a blast of wet sand on the river bank with each wave.

“I couldn’t sit and watch my children starve,” Mary says. “The only other way I could provide food for them is by harvesting sand.”

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Sand is used for all kinds of things in Kenya’s construction industry, including making bricks and concrete to build houses, bridges, and roads. Drawing sand from the river is backbreaking work for Mary, who needs to fill up a whole truck in order to find customers. She usually sells each load to a middleman for a throw-away price of $10. It’s a lucrative business, but not for Mary. Those middlemen can resell what she has collected for $40 to $50 per truckload.

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Harvesting sand is a difficult job, especially in drought. During the rainy season, the waters usually swell up and sweep sand down the river, so that it only takes about a day to draw enough out to fill a truck. With this year’s dry weather, it now takes Mary three days, working from morning until evening.

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“I’m not able to sleep much nowadays,” says Mary, who rises as early as 3 a.m. each day, because the thought of her hungry children disturbs her sleep. “Every evening at dinner, I sit and watch as my children eat. The thought that if I don’t work harder the following day my children might sleep hungry fills me with fear. I will do anything to make sure my children have food.”

Sand harvesting is an activity mostly carried out by men, and as the only female sand harvester in Luucho, Mary has raised mixed reactions in the village. While some men respect her courage and strength, others feel she is competing for a man’s job, or that her body will soon fail from exertion. However, most women in Luucho are motivated by Mary’s willingness to take up this kind of work.

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“We were all shocked when we saw Mary harvesting sand. She is like a man!” says Felistus Nanjala, Mary’s friend and neighbour. “I feel very encouraged by her commitment to take up this work in order to take care of her family.”

Mary says she won’t stop her work, even when the rains return. With her children in school, she is in need of money all year round, and she hopes her new job will provide enough to supplement her income from farming.

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After a full day at the river, Mary walks along a narrow dirt path to her home. She picks up a hoe and starts clearing weeds from her farm. Although it is still some time before her next planting season, Mary wants to be ready when the next drop of rain lands in Luucho.

One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the financing and training they need to grow their way out of hunger and poverty. Instead of giving handouts, they invest in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. One Acre Fund provides a complete service bundle of seeds and fertiliser, financing, training, and market facilitation—and delivers these services within walking distance of the 400,000 rural farmers they serve. They measure success in their ability to make farmers more prosperous and they always put Farmers First.



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Posted 14 January 2017 - 09:18 PM

Nonperishables are your new best friend.

(*pssst* if you care about food waste, check this out:http://glblctzn.me/2jgJsF6)

 

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 01:25 AM

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GIRLS AND WOMEN Meet the “Queen of Katwe:” Phiona Mutesi, a chess prodigy from Uganda

 

September 8 2016  | By: SAMANTHA URBAN
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This week, Queen of Katwe will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, and Madina Nalwanga, the film is already garnering some buzz. But did you know that it’s about a ONE member?

 

That’s right: The film centers around the life of Phiona Mutesi, a chess prodigy from Katwe, Uganda. Like many children in Africa, she comes from poverty—her father and her sister died from complications with AIDS, and her mother worked long hours just to put food on the table. Due to school fees, Phiona had to drop out when she was just 9—but she joined a chess program run by the Sports Outreach Institute. By 2012, she was a three-time junior girls’ champion of Uganda!

Her additional achievements include being selected to represent Africa at the World Chess Olympiad and earning the title of Woman Candidate Master.

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In 2014, Phiona helped us launch the ONE Girls and Women initiative, bringing issues of poverty and gender inequality to life through curated content. Now, at age 20, she’ll be able to see her story on the big screen!

Want more? Follow ONE on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook—and become a member today!

 

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Awesome  :) 



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Posted 15 January 2017 - 01:30 AM

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ENVIRONMENT China Will End Ivory Trade This Year in a Big Win for Elephants

By Colleen Curry|

 Jan. 3, 2017
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What a great way to start 2017.

The biggest threat against one of the world’s most stunning — and endangered — animals has just been eliminated.

China announced on Friday that it would ban all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017, a decision that could help save the African elephant, a major target of poachers for its valuable ivory tusks.

China has the largest ivory market in the world, according to the BBC. Some 70% of all ivory taken from elephants ends up in the country, where it can be sold for up to $550 per pound.

Read More: In Fight Against Elephant Poachers, Zimbabwe Turns to Drones

The high-profile fight to end poaching and save elephants has rallied environmental groups and celebrities, as well as Prince William of the United Kingdom, who called China’s decision “a turning point in the race to save elephants.”

The British royal had said last year that he was afraid elephants would be extinct by the time his infant daughter Princess Charlotte turned 25.

“We need all countries to step up to the plate and do their part to end the illegal wildlife trade and save our iconic species before it is too late,” he said.

Read More: These pooches are sniffing out illegal ivory poachers

The World Wildlife Foundation said China’s decision was “historic” and the Natural Resources Defense Council said the timeline to end the largest ivory market in the world within a year could be the thing that “brings elephants back from the brink of extinction.”

Populations of elephants across Africa have decreased by a third over the past seven years amid a surge in poaching, the BBC reported. Around 20,000 elephants are killed on the continent every year for their tusks, according to the Washington Post.

The population of elephants now stands at about 400,000 to 500,000 today, down from about 1.2 million 25 years ago.

In 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping and United States President Barack Obama jointly pledged to end the ivory trade in their countries.

 
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Written by Colleen Curry

 

Colleen Curry is a senior editor at Global Citizen. She has covered domestic and international news for outlets including ABC News, VICE News, and The New York Times, with a particular focus on women's issues, criminal justice, and LGBT rights. She is also pursuing her Master's in Creative Writing, and has had nonfiction published by Sports Illustrated and Marie Claire.



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Posted 15 January 2017 - 01:56 AM

INFECTIOUS DISEASE
They Never Told Her That Girls Could Become Scientists
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Mireille Kamariza, a graduate student in Stanford, is trying to develop a faster test to diagnose TB.

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By many standards, Mireille Kamariza is at the top of the world.

She's a graduate student at one of the world's top universities, working on her Ph.D. with one of the world's top chemists. And she's tackling a tough problem — tuberculosis — that sickens nearly 10 million people a year.

Earlier this year, 27-year-old Kamariza and her adviser unveiled a potential breakthrough in fighting TB: a way to detect the culprit bacteria faster and more accurately.

But for Kamariza, the fight against TB is not just about scientific progress and prestige. It's personal.

Kamariza grew up in the small African country of Burundi, where many around her were stricken with TB. A close relative lived with the disease for years — and eventually died from it. It was common for people in her town to get sick with TB and "wait to see if you'd die — and if you survived, you'd just kind of live with it."

World Health Organization report released in October states that an estimated 10.4 million people were infected with TB in 2015, up from previous years — and 1.8 million died from the disease.

 
 

TB is still a stigmatized disease in Burundi, so Kamariza doesn't want to be specific about her relative's identity. But, she says, he most likely didn't get treated "because he didn't know you could be treated, and even if he did know, [treatment] was far from where he was — and expensive."

Kamariza's journey hasn't been easy. In Burundi, it's rare for girls to attend college — not to mention work with world-class scientists.

"Science was something that Europeans and Americans did," she says. "It was for other people — not for me." When she was in high school, she didn't have a clue about science careers. Neither did her parents.

"I never dreamed [Kamariza] would become a scientist because it is a career path that is unknown in Burundi," says Denise Sinankwa, Kamariza's mother.

Sinankwa had her hands full when Kamariza was young. She and her husband were raising four kids during a bloody civil war. Nearly 300,000 civilians were killed. The family moved a lot, and Sinankwa often worked multiple jobs to feed the family.

But Sinankwa still pushed Kamariza to do well in school. She wanted her daughter to land a good-paying job and be able to support herself.

Kamariza considers herself lucky. She attended a government-managed Catholic school, where "things were more rigorous" than other public schools. The "nuns' school" instilled a mindset most of her peers lacked because generally girls "were raised to be a wife," she says.

Kamariza wanted to pursue studies in the U.S., where her second-oldest brother had already landed. So, when she was 17, Kamariza packed up her belongings and traveled with her third brother half way around the world. She went to San Diego in the fall of 2006 and moved into a tiny studio apartment with her brothers. The four worked various jobs at grocery stores, restaurants, retail shops — "whatever we could get to pay the bills," Kamariza says. Their earnings also paid for classes at a junior college.

Then Kamariza's hard work started to pay off.

At San Diego Mesa College, she found a life-changing mentor. Her chemistry teacher, Saloua Saidane, was a fellow French-speaking African. Born to illiterate parents in Tunisia, Saidane was one of 12 children and knew what it was like to be a poor immigrant kid pouring herself into school as the only way to a better future.

"Kamariza was serene yet determined," Saidane says. "She worked hard. She saw the opportunity to have a good life, a life different from what she left behind."

Saidane started Kamariza's journey into science. "She really pushed me and kept motivating me and telling me I should aim high. Whatever she told me, I did," Kamariza says.

After quitting her job at Safeway to focus on school, Kamariza got into the University of California, San Diego, and began undergraduate studies. Through a National Institutes of Health diversity scholarship, Kamariza spent summers doing biology research. In 2012, she joined Carolyn Bertozzi's lab — then at the University of California, Berkeley, now at Stanford University — as a graduate student.

Kamariza wanted to focus on infectious disease. So she started brainstorming with another graduate student to figure out a quicker, better way to diagnose TB.

They eventually came up with a new test that recognizes a sugar, called trehalose, that is uniquely found in TB bacteria. In the presence of a special substance, TB bacteria cells glow green, making the microbes easy to spot on microscope slides of an infected person's mucus or saliva.

Current TB tests are laborious and not very sensitive — some infections are missed. TB cultures are more reliable but take six weeks to produce a result. Kamariza — and other researchers elsewhere — are creating methods that could make TB diagnoses simpler and more accurate.

Kamariza's method looked promising this year when she and her colleagues tested it on a small batch of samples from patients in South Africa. But the tools are still in the developmental phase. Larger, more rigorous studies are needed for the method to be considered for use in clinics.

Though unfinished, the research drew heavy crowds when Kamariza presented her data on a poster at a TB conference in September in Paris. Considering her improbable journey — from a child witnessing the tragedy of this disease to a young researcher contributing toward its eradication — "the whole experience is surreal," Kamariza says.

"A lot of hard work, a bit of luck, perseverance and relentless support from friends and family are what got me here," says Kamariza, She hopes her experience can "encourage others like me to pursue their passions, no matter the obstacles."

 

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 01:56 AM

Go, girls!! :)



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Posted 15 January 2017 - 12:27 PM

Our leaders MUST fix this, so we're demanding action. If you care, ACT today: ow.ly/Puei307YLRm

 

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 12:40 PM

GIRLS AND WOMEN Nigeria’s first female Foreign Affairs Minister has some smart advice for young women

 

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This is a guest post by Dana J. Hyde, Chief Executive Officer at Millennium Challenge Corporation. It originally appeared on MCC.gov.

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Internationally recognised development economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala served as Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and twice as Nigeria’s Finance Minister — the first woman to hold either post. She has held several key positions at the World Bank, and in 2014, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Currently, Okonjo-Iweala is the Board Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Senior Advisor at the financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard.

During a recent visit to MCC, Okonjo-Iweala joined MCC CEO Dana J. Hyde for an engaging conversation about the challenges facing Africa, how to ensure inclusive economic growth, and what young women should keep in mind when choosing a workplace. Here are some of the highlights* from their conversation.

Dr. Ngozi, through your extensive experience, what have you learned about creating economic growth in developing countries?

What I’ve learned is how difficult it is, and that there are no easy answers. Those who say they have the magic wand to make inclusive growth and development happen are really not telling it as it is.

The first and foremost thing for growth and inclusive development is a stable macroeconomic environment. If you don’t have stability in your basic prices in the economy, the exchange rate is not well-aligned; if inflation is high, which taxes the poor; if your fiscal deficit is out of control — and you have not fixed all those, all the money you are pouring into securing development isn’t going to work.

I also learned that inclusivity for poor people means that they want jobs — they are not looking for handouts. So inclusive growth means the ability to create jobs.

What is the role of infrastructure in inclusive development?

The creation of jobs in many of our countries cannot really happen the way we would like without adequate infrastructure. I say to young men and women, “Don’t wait for the government or a company to give you a job, create a job first for yourself and then for six or more people.” To do that, you need infrastructure. You can’t do it if you don’t have power — that’s the most important thing. And power is what’s most lacking in African countries. So we need power, we need roads, we need ports, we need connectivity and infrastructure for information and communications technology, and I want to commend MCC for expending its resources on these.

What do donors get right, and what do they get wrong?

It’s also what countries get right, and what they get wrong. No country can develop just with donor support. If a country cannot set out its policies, its priorities, its strategies, then there is a problem. Because what you need is for donors to come behind those and support you — that’s the best way to operate. It’s also the hardest. It’s easier to come in, craft something and implement, but MCC should stick with its country-led approach.

MCC has a very special niche because you are an organisation that can do hard things like infrastructure. Grant money is powerful, and you have a portfolio of over $11 billion. I think MCC should use that leverage wisely for two things: one is to support countries, strongly insisting that they have a view, and they don’t just give into whatever you say; second is to leverage other donors and the private sector to put up more resources.

There is much commentary about the slowdown of economic growth in Africa. What makes you most hopeful about the continent?

There are two things that make me hopeful. First, it’s the young people — I get so excited when I meet them. Although they are frustrated with older generations for having messed things up in many ways, they are full of ideas and energy about what to do next. The second thing that gives me hope is that, for the most part, policymakers on the continent have learned that macroeconomic fundamentals like controlling inflation matter. This is the reason that Africa’s economic growth is a trend, not a fluke. The continent is experiencing a difficult period now, but if policymakers focus on good policies, there will be a turnaround.

You have been such an inspiration to young women around the world. What is your advice to young women?

When women get top posts, even in developed countries, people somehow think they have too much power. You will be judged more harshly, and people expect more of you as a woman. So it’s not easy, but does that mean that you should shy away from doing those tough things if the opportunity comes? The answer is no. But you have to be wise about it, you have to have principles.

I advise everybody, but women in particular, to try to work in places where they can quantify and measure what you are doing, so it doesn’t depend entirely on somebody’s judgement. The World Bank, where I started out in the Young Professionals Program, was good in that way. You were given a task and you produced it to quality, or you did not. Even if people did not like you — your gender, your colour or whatever — if you did a good project, a good report, a good result on the ground, it spoke for itself.

Finally, there’s no easy answer to balancing work and family. You need to do what you are comfortable with. I think the best thing I have done in my whole life are my children. All my other titles pale in contrast when I think of my children.

*This is an abridged and lightly edited version of their conversation at MCC.

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 01:06 PM

REFUGEES Beyond help: Taking shelter from Boko Haram in Chad’s remote swampland

 

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Hundreds of thousands of families fleeing Boko Haram are now stranded in a remote and harsh border region, beyond the reach of humanitarian aid. Photojournalist Ashley Hamer documents the challenges facing the displaced who have found themselves in the Lake Chad Basin. This piece, originally published on Dec. 15, is part of a reporting partnership between ONE and Refugees Deeply.

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Mother of seven Mariam Mustafa, 35, fled an attack by Boko Haram in December 2015 with her family. (Photo credit: Ashley Hamer)

When Boko Haram militants attacked their village on an island on Lake Chad, 35-year-old Mariam Mustafa and her husband had to find the strength to pile their seven children into a canoe and paddle them toward safety.

Reaching a safe area on the mainland, secured by Chadian forces, was no easy feat. It was December 2015 and the family had escaped with no belongings. When they arrived at a displacement site near Bol, capital of the Lac region, they had to build their own shelter.

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Women gather to collect aid at the Dar es Salaam refugee camp in Chad, close to the border to Niger. (Photo credit: Ashley Hamer)

High up on the northernmost tip of Lake Chad, close to the Niger border, families continue to flee attacks by Boko Haram, as well as military offensives by a regional task force trying to defeat them.

Since the insurgency spilled out from northern Nigeria into neighboring countries, it has wrought extraordinary suffering on this border region.

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Displaced families in the Lake Chad area. (Photo credit: Ashley Hamer)

Some 2.6 million people have been displaced in the remote area that straddles the borders of four African countries – Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon. A million more are thought to be cut off from humanitarian aid.

This vast territory, known as the Lake Chad Basin, is an impenetrable swampland on the fringes of the Sahara at the meeting of the four borders.

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Refugees stranded in the “red zone” near Chad’s border with Niger. (Photo credit: Ashley Hamer)

An estimated 21 million people live in areas affected by Boko Haram violence across the Lake Chad Basin. Many of these remote areas are often beyond the reach of humanitarian aid due to restricted access, militarization and security risks.

“Access for humanitarian aid is extremely difficult. There are hundreds of islands on Lake Chad where people are hiding and insecurity remains high,” said Issa Sanogo, deputy country director for the World Food Programme in Chad.

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Chadian armed soldiers supervise aid distributions in the Lake Chad Basin. (Photo credit: Ashley Hamer)

The land around what remains of Lake Chad has been reduced to parched savannah and blistering sand. There are no paved roads, and access to the region for humanitarian groups opened up just this year.

Settlements for the displaced are scattered around the lake and along the border with Niger. One of the camps, called Dar es Salaam, is about 7.5 miles (12km) outside the town of Baga Sola and accommodates approximately 6,500 refugees from Nigeria and Niger. It is part of an area that is considered a “red zone,” where aid groups must travel with armed escorts.

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Displaced families await fingerprinting and digital registration meant to keep track of the total numbers. (Photo credit: Ashley Hamer)

Chad, a leading contributor of military forces in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency, has managed to secure its shoreline.

Yet, Sanogo said, “Chad is extremely vulnerable and at 360 degrees surrounded by crisis – Libya, Sudan, Central African Republic and Boko Haram. We cannot allow the situation to get worse.”

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Haje Fanta, 28, from Niger, is caring for two of her children at the refugee camp. (Photo credit: Ashley Hamer)

Seventy percent of those displaced by Boko Haram and seeking aid in Chad’s Lac region are women and children. Haje Fanta, 28, is among them. She was separated from her husband and two of her children during their escape from Niger. She is caring for her two other children alone and hasn’t heard from her husband in more than five months. The cash handouts she receives are just sufficient to buy food for her children for 20 days per month. She has to beg or borrow to cover the remaining days, or go hungry.

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An infant is weighed at the Dar es Salaam refugee camp. (Photo credit: Ashley Hamer)

Displaced families receive cash handouts of 6,000 Central African francs (approximately $10) per person, per month, for all their needs – from food and clothing to shelter and medicine.

The emergency has been underreported due to difficulty accessing the area, while aid groups lack sufficient funds to assist civilians.

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There are no paved roads in the area around Lake Chad. (Photo credit: Ashley Hamer)

Meanwhile, a spiraling economic crisis brought on by crashing oil prices in 2015 is crippling the Chadian government’s ability to respond to the refugee crisis. Trade union activists claim that the dwindling resources in the country are being channeled mainly into the armed forces.

As supplies dwindle and malnutrition rates among young children rise, the World Food Programme and other aid agencies are worried about providing the basics for civilians who are indefinitely stranded in this no-man’s land.

 

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 01:19 PM

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 04:09 PM

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HEALTH Want to Live Longer? Move to a City

By Joe McCarthy|

 Jan. 13, 2017
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Across every major preventable and premature mortality category — heart disease, cancer, stroke, unintentional injury and more — US citizens who live in rural areas are dying at higher rates than their urban peers.

This might seem surprising since cities often have higher levels of air pollution, and air pollution contributes to millions of premature deaths around the world each year.

Read More: Air Pollution Is Killing 6.5 million People Each Year

But new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that this factor is not as hazardous as those affecting people in rural regions. In fact, the gap in health outcomes between people living in surrounded by tall buildings and those living in places with more grass is only growing.

The reasons for this are many and are often tied to income levels and availability of health resources.

For example, people living in rural areas are 50% more likely to die from unintentional injuries than people living in urban environments because health facilities are more dispersed, according to the CDC.

Also, the country’s opioid epidemic is concentrated in these regions. The US is facing a full-fledged opioid epidemic, with overdose deaths more than quadrupling since 1999. More than 15,000 people died in 2015 from opioid overdoses and each day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for abuse of prescriptions.

The CDC also believes that chronic lung diseases occur at higher rates in rural areas because people are smoking more often. The states with the higher smoking rates are Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Mississippi, while the states with the lowest rates are Idaho, California, and Utah.   

US citizens living in cities have a higher median household income, but cities also have higher levels of poverty.

Read More: What The Panama Papers Have to Say About Inequality and Poverty

Since these variables would seem to cancel each other out, the key difference in overall health outcomes could be the prevalence of social services — cities tend to have broader social safety nets.

But if you were to look at health outcomes based on income levels within cities, the numbers would show a large disparity.  

All across the world, geography is predictor of health. People who live in rural areas of sub-saharan Africa, for example, are more likely to die from premature or preventable causes than those living in cities. This difference is most pronounced when it comes to infant mortality. In rural areas, inadequate water and sanitation are a primary driver of premature death.

Read More: What You Need to Know About Water and Sanitation

However, just like within the US, cities harbor great differences in health outcomes when you look at income levels. The world’s urban poor live much shorter lives than the world’s urban rich.   

This kind of inequality doesn’t have to exist. Simple interventions such as improved water sources, more widely available and robust healthcare, and access to contraceptives can close the gaps found within and between habitats.

 
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GIRLS & WOMEN The Humiliating Test Women Must Undergo in Afghanistan After Sexual Assault

By Colleen Curry|

 Jan. 9, 2017

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In a small room at the police forensic center in Kabul, Afghanistan, a black cloth covers the only window, allowing what goes on inside to remain secret.

There, when girls and women are the victims of “moral crimes” including rape, sexual assault, or premarital sex, is where they are taken to undergo “virginity tests,” in which police look for signs that they were previously sexually active, according to a new report in the New York Times.

The invasive and unscientific vaginal and rectal exams  — in which investigators look for signs that the hymen is broken — are a longstanding practice in the country, though President Ashraf Ghani promised last year to end them.

Read More: Nepali Teen Dies in Menstruation Hut After Starting Fire to Stay Warm

A girls’ hymen can be broken for many reasons besides sex, but in a culture where sexual purity is prized, girls and women have begun paying as much as $1,500 to have their hymen allegedly “repaired,” according to the report.

“It is a big deal in Afghanistan,” one woman told the paper. “If your hymen is broken, it is finished — you fall into hell.”

One girl in northern Afghanistan was jailed for three months after being arrested for running away with a young man and forced to undergo an exam that showed her hymen had been damaged. A second exam then allegedly verified her virginity and she was released.

Human rights activists have long protested the exams as a method of police investigation.

Read More: Egypt Cracks Down on Female Genital Mutilation Practitioners With New Law

“The circumstances of virginity test are never humane,” Soraya Sobhrang, a commissioner at the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, told the Times. “In conducting virginity tests, no one asks for the consent of the victim or the suspect — 99% of the virginity tests are conducted by force and without considerations of its legality.”

And yet since Ghani made his promise, dozens of exams have still been carried out by police.

In July, a teen girl and a young man accused of adultery were attacked by an angry mob in the streets of Kabul. The car they were found in was set on fire, and when police responded, they chased down the girl and arrested her rather than the arsonists. She was taken for a virginity test, according to the New York Times.

There were 42 virginity tests in the first half of 2016, on pace to match the year before.  

“The virginity test has been banned. However, it’s a long-lasting practice used wrongly by law enforcement authorities, especially police,” Ghani said in a statement to the paper.  “However wrong, it is going to take some time to entirely be stopped and removed. But we are determined to change this practice.”

So-called virginity tests are one way that women in Afghanistan fail to have equal protection under Afghan law. Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE are campaigning for all countries around the world to #LevelTheLaw this year, to strike discriminatory laws from their books and ensure women are given full protection in their countries.

In Afghanistan, President Ghani should help #LeveltheLaw and ban virginity tests once and for all.

 
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Social movements begin with a conversation. Documentaries provide the perfect platform for dialogue. They serve as powerful tools that bring important topics to the table and inform us about our world in a way that kindles dialogue, and ultimately, larger social movements.
 
So we encourage you to come together and watch one (or ten) of these incredible documentaries and have a discussion about the critical issues of our time.
 
1) He Named Me Malala
 
HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot at the age of 15. She currently works as a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.
 
HE NAMED ME MALALA: Malala Yousafzai at the Jordan/Syrian border. Feb 16, 2014. Credit: Photo by Gina Nemirofsky. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved 
HE NAMED ME MALALA: Malala Yousafzai at the Jordan/Syrian border. Feb 16, 2014. Credit: Photo by Gina Nemirofsky. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
 
2) The Carrier
 
Set in a remote Zambian village, THE CARRIER offers a stunning portrait of both a family and community caught in a desperate struggle to Prevent Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and to liberate future generations from the vicious cycle by stopping the AIDS epidemic in its tracks.
 
THE CARRIER Credit: KAT WESTERGAARD 
THE CARRIER Credit: KAT WESTERGAARD
 
3) Virunga 
 
VIRUNGA is a gripping exposé of the realities of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world has forgotten.
 
Andre With Gorilla Virunga National Park Credit: Orlando von Einsiedel 
Andre With Gorilla Virunga National Park Credit: Orlando von Einsiedel
 
4) Call Me Kuchu
 
In Uganda, a new bill makes homosexuality punishable by death. CALL ME KUCHU follows the activists working against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives.
 
One of the many front-page stories published by Ugandan newspaper, The Rolling Stone, which terrorised the LGBT community 
One of the many front-page stories published by Ugandan newspaper, The Rolling Stone, which terrorised the LGBT community
 
5) Sweet Dreams
 
SWEET DREAMS follows a remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of the 1994 genocide to create a new future for themselves through drumming and ice cream. In the words of Kiki Katese, the founding member of the all-female drumming troupe Ingoma Nshya “Because of our history, people know how to fight against, but not for. We want to change that equation.”
 
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6) E-Team 
 
Anna, Ole, Fred, and Peter are four members of the Emergencies Team, the most intrepid division of the respected, international Human Rights Watch organisation. E-TEAM is the personal, intimate story of how they lead their lives as they set out to shine light in dark places and give voice to thousands whose stories would never otherwise have been told.
 
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7) Pray The Devil Back to Hell
 
PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL chronicles the story of the Liberian women who came together to end war and bring peace to their country. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and daughters demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war.
 
: Liberian women demonstrate at the American Embassy in Monrovia at the height of the civil war in July 2003 Photo Credit: Pewee Flomoku 
Liberian women demonstrate at the American Embassy in Monrovia at the height of the civil war in July 2003                                                                                                   Photo Credit: Pewee Flomoku
 
8) Sepideh
 
Can a young Iranian woman become an astronaut? SEPIDEH: REACHING FOR THE STARS is the story of a remarkable teenage girl named Sepideh who defies societal expectations and courageously works to make her dream come true.
 
Sepideh with Telescope Credit: Paul Wilson
Sepideh with Telescope Credit: Paul Wilson
 
9) The Devil Came on Horseback 
 
THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK follows former US Marine Captain Brian Steidle as he documents the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Upon his return to the US, Steidle campaigns for international intervention and becomes frustrated by the inaction of politicians back home.
 
Brian Steidle with the African Union team 
Brian Steidle with the African Union team
 
10) Double feature: The Act of Killing/The Look of Silence
 
THE ACT OF KILLING follows former Indonesian death squad leaders as they are challenged to re-enact real-life mass killings in the cinematic genres of their choice, from classic Hollywood crime scenarios to lavish musical numbers. We recommend that you watch the “Director’s Cut” version of this film.
 
FISH Credit: Photo by Joshua Oppenheimer (framegrab)
FISH Credit: Photo by Joshua Oppenheimer (framegrab)
 
THE LOOK OF SILENCE serves as a powerful companion piece to THE ACT OF KILLING by initiating and bearing witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence surrounding the 1965 Indonesian genocide. It tells the story of a family of survivors who discover how their son was murdered and the identities of the killers through footage of the genocide perpetrators in THE ACT OF KILLING.
 
Photo by Joshua Oppenheimer (framegrab)
Photo by Joshua Oppenheimer (framegrab)
 
Influence Film Club is a non-profit organisation with an online platform that seeks to engage new and diverse audiences around documentary film. Find resources and documentary recommendations to watch alone or with your film club at Influence Film Club.
 
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Expiration dates are like bad Tinder dates – you should just forget about them (for the most part).

 

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